Gripping historical account of the beginning of World War I. I learned a lot of things I probably should have already known, but have only learned in bits and pieces. Tuchman's narrative is exquisitely written, empathetic to all parties but not without judgment, helping the reader understand all the twists and turns of a complex plot. John Lee's narration on the audio is superb. Only two issues for me: no discussion of the war as to Austria-Hungary's role, and - because I listened rather than read - no maps. I frequently had to consult an atlas to understand what was going on. Like most good books, it left me wanting more.
takes the start of the great war and puts the real people that shaped the war into human stories while you see the horror of war occur.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
I would not listen to it again. It is long and full of many details. It was hard to keep the details straight in an audio format.
No spectacular ending.
No, I have not.
No, I was glad to have it finally end.
Barbara Tuchman's history of the first month of the First World War is a classic. John Lee does it justice with his very capable narration.
Well done book, however I couldn't imagine some one would be able to follow along without some cursory knowledge of world war 1 before hand.
Probably not. Got this book because it has such a reputation. Having read a couple of other books on WW1 this one is old, well written, but focusing on things that are good as a recounting of facts, but without interesting context. Probably was the best thing around when it was written. Now... a bit worn out...
yes. but his using french accents... for everyone , russian , french etc is a bit weary ...
get a different book. this one is much better, but its purpose is different... http://www.audible.com/pd/History/To-End-All-Wars-Audiobook/B004YX3N0I Beyond that..get Dan Carlin's Hard Core History shows
I would not recommend this audio book for two reasons. It's a ton of information to digest in audible form. I think I'm going to go back and actually read this book. I couldn't keep the information straight as I was listening.
Second, the narrator was really a distraction. The accents he was using really were not necessary and should not have been used. I found myself getting more and more irritated and was focused more on whichever accent he had just switched to rather than actually listening to the story.
I read a lot of history, but I can't think of another book - academic or "popular" that's so engaging.
For years, History of the Peloponnesian War, Crime and Punishment, and The Distant Mirror sat by my bed. I couldn't read them and I couldn't give up on them. Eventually I finished Thucydides and Dostoevsky. The Tuchman book is gone too. I never read it, but eventually I had to get rid of it.
I "finished Thucydides but gave up on Tuchman's Distant Mirror." In light of what follows that's quite a statement.
I selected this audiobook because it was long - a big bang for the buck. After an hour or two I was so engaged that bought The Book to read with, in front of, and catching up to the audio. The compelling way she selects and assembles the zillions of available factual reports from the opening days of WWI is brilliant.
I don't know how she did it, but if I wanted to pursue history as a career - even as an academic - I wouldn't start until I had was convinced that I had figured it out and could emulate her methodology - even if I couldn't compete with her style.
John Lee is superb in this as in all of his performances.